The Baltimore Sun has an interesting article about actress, writer and stand-up comedian Aisha Tyler who’s on tour to promote her new DVD, Aisha Tyler: Is Lit: Live at the Fillmore. She’s been in D.C. at the D.C. Improv Comedy Club since Thursday and tonight is her last night.
Aisha Tyler performs at DC Improv Comedy Club
Actress and comedian’s accomplishments run the gamut
By Sam Sessa
April 9, 2009
Actress and comedian Aisha Tyler has set several records – some serious and others silly – in her budding career.
First, the notable: Tyler was the first black female host of the celebrity-gossip TV show Talk Soup and played the first recurring black female character on the smash-hit sitcom Friends.
Now, the wacky: Tyler, an avid gamer, was both the first female and the first black American to earn a spot on the exclusive seven-member Halo Council, a group of video game fanatics. And she jokingly contends that for years, she was the only black female snowboarder in the history of the sport.
“I’m quite confident I was the only African-American female snowboarder in the world,” she said. “I’m sure I’ve been surpassed by now.”
At the moment, Tyler is taking time off from acting – and snowboarding – to focus on her stand-up act. She performs Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the DC Improv Comedy Club in Washington in support of her new DVD, Aisha Tyler: Is Lit: Live at the Fillmore.
At 38, Tyler is a true renaissance woman. She has written for magazines such as Glamour and Jane and, in 2004, published a book titled Swerve: A Guide to the Sweet Life for Postmodern Girls.
A San Francisco native, Tyler was 10 when her parents split up. She was raised by her father and went to Dartmouth College. After a short stint at a California advertising firm, she decided to pursue stand-up comedy.
Her comedy tour stretches through early August and takes her across the country, up to Canada and back down to the U.S.
You can read the entire article here.
I’ve been a long time fan of Aisha’s. I like that she’s different and her own person. I use to watch her on Ghost Whisperer until they killed off her character. I stopped watching the show after that.
Check out Aisha’s writing at the Huffington Post.